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Wild About Stoats & Weasels: An Artist’s Perspective
The Robert Fuller Gallery | Thixendale, North Yorkshire | June 15th – 7th July
Find out all about the secret lives of stoats and weasels at this fascinating wildlife art exhibition. A comprehensive collection of fine art paintings, photographs and short films, this event challenges everything you thought you knew about Britain’s most secretive mammals.
Artist Robert E Fuller, whose intense stoat studies are due to feature on TV in a new BBC Natural World Series, devoted five years to following the daily lives of wild weasels and stoats in his Yorkshire garden.
His new paintings feature weasel kits tumbling in play and stoat mothers gently tending to their young. Displayed alongside photographs and rare footage filmed inside their nests, the event defies common misconceptions about these little understood mammals.
Small, swift and deeply secretive, stoats and weasels have a reputation for cunning brutality. But until now, no one has actually studied their behaviour in any detail.
Robert Fuller deployed more than 60 surveillance cameras in his garden, getting to know six generations of the same stoat family. His discoveries reveal the extent of their tenacity as hunters whilst at the same time uncovering the cuddlier side to these remarkable mammals.
The exhibition includes live cameras offering visitors a direct view of weasels and stoats as they clamber over dry stone walls and disappear into their underground nests.
There will also be screens displaying the best of Robert's footage; including films of stoats swimming with the competence of mini-otters in tiny ponds!
Storyboards detailing the story behind this fascinating research project and introducing visitors to the individual stoat and weasel characters will also be on display.
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